An Analysis Of 'Dreams'

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An Analysis of Dreams by Timothy Findley "We are such stuff as dreams are made on" (Shakespeare The Tempest) perhaps most accurately sums up the human fascination with their own dreams. Fleeting, transitory, and possessing their own reason, these strange passes of fancy strike attention and draw importance to themselves. In Timothy Findley 's short story "Dreams", the human obsession with, and dependence upon, dreams is taken up in detail. The story can be seen as symbolic in its entirety, with each aspect of the story representing some true part of life. The main character of Findley 's story is readily seen to be Doctor Mimi Menlo. Doctor Menlo enters the story in the first paragraph as a concerned wife, worried that her husband,…show more content…
A distinct element of dream-state is given through the death of Brian Bassett. To Brian 's guardian angel, what would be more in character than to want the best for her patient, no matter what the cost? Brian dies, but not before saying "goodbye" (Findley 123) to the one who cared for him the most. To give up someone who is in pain is a difficult lesson to learn, and thus the figure of Brian Basset in the dream becomes identified with the pain and grief which comes through saying goodbye. Brian slides quietly from Mimi 's dream, "a disappearing act" (Findley 131) through which he vanishes forever. The blood which appears on Everett 's patient Kenneth Albright can be seen as a symbol of suffering. While the story does not state that the Menlos are religious people, during the process of obtaining a doctorate in psychology they would both have studied religion in some form. Nothing else in the human experience has such a profound impact upon the human moral psyche as religion, and as such it remains indelibly marked upon the human psyche. Being knowledgeable about religions would mean that both of the Menlos would be familiar with the idea of propitiation. In every aspect of Judeo-Christian history, the idea of propitiation comes to the forefront " "without the shedding of blood is no remission [for sin]" (The Bible Hebrews 9:22). Blood has been seen as a symbol of suffering throughout history, from the first sacrifice offered in the

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